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Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems.  The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations and computer generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-Intensive discovery (the fourth paradigm of scientific research), and Multi Scale Interdisciplinary  approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering is generating...

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Big Data Conference 2017 Photo Gallery

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Big Data Conference 2017 Photo Gallery

CCS would like to thank all who attended the December 4-5, 2017, 2nd annual Big Data Conference & Workshop. Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker, Mr. Daniel Cohen of MasterCard. Our gratitude goes out to the Conference organizers who put together such a distinguished group of Moderators and Panelists (and thank you Moderators and Panelists!). We would specially like to thank our Sponsors: DDN Storage, SAS, AnalytixIQ, and our UM partners: The School of Business Administration. The Conference was well attended, and the addition of a Day 2 Workshop offering expertise for a hands-on experience in data analysis was well received. We hope to see you all again next year. Please take a look at the photos from Day 1: [gmedia...

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CCS Social Systems Informatics Members Flash Talks & Happy Hour 12/1/17

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CCS Social Systems Informatics Members Flash Talks & Happy Hour 12/1/17

Join us for Flash Talks and Happy Hour! The second meeting of the CCS Social Systems Informatics Members will now take place (reschedule post-Hurricane-Irma from 9/8) on Friday, 12/1 in the Abess Center (Ungar Building 230C-D) from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. Please feel free to drop in during those hours.  Refreshments (beer, wine, hors d'oeuvre) will be served.  CCS SSI Members will give flash talks (approx. 5 minutes each) on what they are currently working on.  You do not need to be a CCS Member or a CCS SSI Member to participate.  Hope to see you there.  This event is free and open to UM Faculty, Staff, and Students. For more information, please email ccsadministration@miami.edu.   Location The Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Arthur A. Ungar Building, Room 230C-D 1365 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146      ...

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2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference & Workshop 12/4-5/17

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2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference & Workshop 12/4-5/17

2nd Annual BIG DATA Conference & Workshop ONLINE REGISTRATION for TODAY is closed. If you still need to register, please register at the Newman between 1:00 and 2:00 PM. Conference starts at 2:00 PM. Workshop is tomorrow morning. CONFERENCE-Monday & WORKSHOP-Tuesday, December 4-5, 2017   CCS is pleased to announce Daniel Cohen, Senior Vice President, Digital Payments and Labs for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean, will offer the keynote address. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.  Previously, Daniel headed Mastercard’s operations in Israel as Country Manager. He was responsible for opening Mastercard’s first office in the country and expanding the company’s local payments footprint. During his time as Country Manager, he led the commercialization of breakthrough innovative payment solutions in the electronic and mobile commerce space. Daniel began his career at Mastercard in 2007, leading prepaid card program initiatives across the globe out of the company’s headquarters in Purchase, New York. Prior to joining MasterCard, he was a Strategy Consultant for BTS where he managed corporate strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies. Big data, advanced computing, and algorithms are rapidly and profoundly changing every sphere of human activity; Airbnb, Uber, and Fitbit are just a few examples. Today, over 3.6 billion people worldwide are deeply engaged with smartphone devices, wearables, and Internet-of-things technologies while artificial intelligence also promises to create a wave of new products.  Advanced computing gives us the ability to reliably and cost effectively store petabytes of data; and machine learning algorithms can crunch through massive datasets in real time to extract business intelligence and socially relevant information, giving firms new marketing tools, like mobile geo-social targeting. These tools have also empowered customers, making them more savvy in their interactions with business. The businesses, nonprofits, health care providers, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions that harness these trends have an historic opportunity to gain an advantage over their competitors.   DAY 1   To address the challenges and opportunities these changes generate, UM Center for Computational Science invites you to network with South Florida private- and public-sector healthcare providers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers, and hear panel discussions on Big Data.  Full Day 1 Agenda appears following panelist list . . . Part 1:  The Disruptive Power of Artificial Intelligence in Business PANELISTS: Linton Ward, Tom Helou, George Bezzera, Arthur Kordon Click here to submit a question to the panelists in Part 1.   Part 2:  Enabling Big Data and Analytics in Your Organization PANELISTS:  Jeff Hutchins, Louis Gidel, Matthew Pape, Sol Rashidi, Nadine Davey-Rogers Click here to submit a question to the panelists in Part 2.   DAY 2   The Big Data Conference "Data Science in Your Organization" Workshop dives deeper into the topics explored in Day 1, specifically on building data science competence at your organization. This will be an interactive workshop with examples of the possible compositions of data scientist teams, driven by the types of problems that you are looking to solve, an examination on the processes that the data need to go through from database to insight, an examination of the infrastructure needs both in terms of storage and computing power, caveats and limitations of data analyses, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to bring in their...

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“We are the data.” VizUM 2017 examines the impact of creative visualization

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“We are the data.” VizUM 2017 examines the impact of creative visualization

On Thursday, November 16, the University of Miami hosted the 4th VizUM 2017, an annual creative visualization symposium. In celebration of visual representation, the Symposium explored the relationship between art, science, and data through two guest speakers, Angus Forbes and Giorgia Lupi.   Angus Forbes, an assistant professor in the Computational Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, and director of UCSC Creative Coding, has a passion for researching and exploring the connections between creative visualization and complex scientific information. At VizUM, Forbes began the discussion by asking, “Does it make sense to have an art exhibition at a computer science conference?” Being part of both the arts community and the visualization community, Forbes has noticed that while art is, primarily, representation and personal expression, and holds a rich history in film, design, conceptual art, and phonetics, it does not have much interaction with scientists and practicing researchers. . In 2013, Forbes helped coordinate the IEEE VIS Arts Program to encourage a discussion between artists and scientists about connecting visualization research and artistic design. Forbes also shared other information visualization projects such as TAG, a project that represents the relationships between words and phrases, and NeuroCave, an immersive program where one can visually explore the functions of connectome datasets collected by neuroscientists.   The second speaker was Giorgia Lupi, an Italian information designer and an expert in the visual representation of data. She started her talk asking the audience, “What is data?” and went on to explain that data is a tool used to represent reality, and could be used toward unexpected purposes, such as creating connections between friends. “Data is not the point,” explained Lupi. “Rather, data is the medium we use to describe our reality.” In her work, Lupi explores new ways to display charts and information, including one project where she turned data on people's interests into buttons that they could wear at a conference. The data transformed into an art chart that communicated a message and was used as an icebreaker. “We are the data,” said Lupi. “This means we can blur the boundaries instead of defining them.” Lupi touched on how visualization can have a real impact on people’s lives, and goes beyond just charts and pie graphs. By designing new visual languages, we are able to relate and understand data better. Lupi also explained the concept of data humanism with a postcard project: Lupi and fellow information designer Stefanie Posavec lived across the world from each other. They decided to collect and hand draw personal data about their actions, feelings, possessions, purchases, and other day-to-day details to send to one another on postcards. Through this, they not only learned about the personal lives of each other, but they became friends. This year-long project is now a three-hundred-page book entitled “Dear Data,” which captures the 52 postcards they sent to one another. The original postcards are now a permanent exhibit on display at the Museum of Modern Art ion New York. ________________________________________ For more information regarding Professor Angus Forbes, you can check out his website: angusforbes.com. If you would like to explore Giorgia Lupi’s work, visit giorgialupi.com.   [gmedia...

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GIS Day at UM Wednesday 11/15/17

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GIS Day at UM Wednesday 11/15/17

GIS Day at the University of Miami will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables 33146. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.  The featured Keynote Speaker will be Lauren James, Graphics Editor for National Geographic.  With a background in studio art, community development, and geography, Lauren is a graphics editor with a focus on cartography at National Geographic.  She works with a team dedicated to compelling storytelling across print and digital platforms. The Conference program will include: Forecasting natural disasters and dealing with the aftermath using GIS technology Cutting-edge GIS applications from local governments and researchers A first-hand hand look at student maps and a project poster competition Geospatial games For more information, or to sponsor:  Call 305-284-6679, or email spatial@miami.edu. Register today at miami.edu/gisday...

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VizUM 4th Annual Symposium 11/16/17

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VizUM 4th Annual Symposium 11/16/17

VizUM 2017   Creative Visualization Thursday, November 16 | 4:00-7:00 PM UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 FREE REGISTRATION |       GIORGIA LUPI   Accurat.it  |  GiorgiaLupi.com   Gioriga Lupi is an award-winning information designer. She co-founded Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York, where she is the design director. She received her M-Arch at FAF in Ferrara, Italy, and earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Lilano. She relocated to New York City from Italy, where she now lives. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational, hand-drawn, data-visualization book published by Princeton Architectural Press in the US, and by Penguin Random House in the UK. The original set of postcards has been recently acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. She recently gave a TED TALK on her Humanistic approach to Data. Data Humanism  How can data visualization design can make a difference and make data more meaningful for people’s lives? 
How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving more rapidly than we realize? 
Now that we are past what we can call “peak infographics” and we are left with a general audience that understands much more of what we’re doing in our profession: an audience that is ready to welcome a second wave of more meaningful and thoughtful visualizations. Giorgia will discuss how to see this moment as an opportunity to jumpstart a new renaissance, where we can question the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data, where we are ready to reconnect numbers to what they really stand for: which are more and more our lives.         ANGUS FORBES  Computational Media Deparment | University of California, Santa Cruz   Angus Forbes is an Assistant Professor in the Computational Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs UCSC Creative Coding. His research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information; his interactive artwork has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world. For the last five years (2013-2017), Angus has chaired the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), a forum that promotes dialogue about the relation of aesthetics and design to visualization research, and he is serving as the Arts Papers chair for ACM SIGGRAPH for 2018. Information about Angus's recent projects is available at https://creativecoding.soe.ucsc.edu. Creative and Critical Data Visualization  In this talk, Angus will present a range of recent projects that introduce current trends in the field of information visualization, including interactive representations of biological pathways and protein interaction networks, dynamic network visualizations of the human brain connectome, and a public art installation that explores connections between photographic images and literary themes in the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. In addition to describing details about these individual projects, Angus will explore the potentials of integrating artistic and scientific methodologies, and he will discuss the use of computational media approaches to augment visual analyses of complex data, and to enhance user engagement in immersive environments.                                                           ...

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Miami Affordability Project v2.0 launched with Miami Housing Solutions Lab

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Miami Affordability Project v2.0 launched with Miami Housing Solutions Lab

Building the Instinct for Affordable Housing A minimum-wage worker would have to hold three full-time jobs to afford an average market-rate apartment in Miami, a city with the nation’s highest share of severely cost-burdened renters—individuals and families who spend at least 50 percent of their income on housing.  With Miami remaining one of the least affordable cities in the world, the UM Office of Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) unveiled its new Miami Housing Solutions Lab to help address Miami’s affordable housing shortage. Read more:  UM News &...

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CCS Celebrates Innovation at ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian

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CCS Celebrates Innovation at ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian

In Washington, D.C., for a weekend getaway, graduate student Marissa Lisenbee stumbled on a most unexpected sight when she decided to explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History last Friday. There, on the first floor, her physical therapy teacher was demonstrating an ingenious device that employs music to help amputees learn to walk again. “I knew he was working on prosthetics, but I didn’t know what his project was,” said Lisenbee, who is in her second year of UM’s physical therapy program. “And I had no idea they would be there. I was really proud to see UM in the American History Museum.” U Pride ran strong throughout the inaugural “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival,’’ which, presented by the Smithsonian and Virginia Tech, showcased the formidable creative and innovative muscle of the 15 universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference known for multiple national sports championships. Among the 47 interdisciplinary projects selected by an ACC committee through a peer-review process, UM had three: The device that puts a physical therapist in an amputee’s pocket; An immersive game that simulates how marine mammals use echolocation; and A digital mapping project that aims to document ramshackle settlements where millions of the world’s poor literally live off the map. Of the 15 dramatic and musical performances presented over three days by some of the institutions’ most talented students, UM was the only school chosen to repeat its performance, a rousing tribute to Ella Fitzgerald commemorating her 100th birthday and performed by the Frost School of Music Jazz Concert Band and vocalists from its Vocal Performance Department. For many museum-goers who, like Lisenbee, stumbled upon the extravaganza that took over the museum’s West Wing, ACCelerate was an eye-opening taste of the creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design at ACC schools. But for the participants, it was an honor that elicited disbelief.   ReLOAD system “A bucket list item you couldn’t dream up—something you never imagined would happen,” is how her instructor, Ignacio Gaunaurd, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, described the opportunity to demonstrate the Rehabilitative Lower-Limb Orthopedic Analysis Device (ReLOAD). A first-of- its-kind collaboration among UM musicians, biomedical engineers, and physical therapists, the patent-pending ReLOAD system helps amputees develop correct walking patterns on their prostheses with a clever reward—music borrowed from their own playlist. Composed of an iPad and five miniature motion sensors, two embedded in a knee sleeve on each leg and one on the back, ReLOAD captures and analyzes the wearer’s walking motion, and through standard ear buds, distorts the music whenever their gait deviates from its normal stride. Augmenting the music are the corrective commands the wearer would hear from a physical therapist, were one present. “There was nothing like this when I became an amputee,” said Jennifer Lopez, who lost her lower right leg in an accident three years ago and never tired of demonstrating the device over the three-day festival. “It’s a physical therapist in your pocket.” The director of nursing operations at University of Miami Hospital, Lopez said she was fortunate to have regular physical therapy during her recovery. But many new amputees, including military personnel at nearby Walter Reed Hospital, which is collaborating with UM on a ReLOAD study, often wait months for appointments,...

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Miami Day of Civic Hacking 10/21/17 focuses on Urban Resilience

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Miami Day of Civic Hacking 10/21/17 focuses on Urban Resilience

CCS is excited to be participating in Code for Miami's National Day of Civic Hacking. Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Miami - Cambridge Innovation Center , located at the Converge Miami building (formerly University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park), 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Suite 600, Miami, FL 33136. National Day of Civic 'Hacking' is an annual international event centered on promoting open data initiatives and locals hacking ways to help improve their community. Thousands of people from around the world will tackle challenges using datasets central to their environment, government, public services, and other civic-oriented topics. Here in Miami the focus is on how our City can stay resilient beyond the face of natural disasters like Hurricane Irma. Participants will work on projects that help Miami and its most vulnerable populations be better prepared and connected. This event brings together urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, and anyone with the passion to make our City better. This year's theme is "Innovation in Emergency Preparedness & Urban Resilience".  Challenge topics will include: Equity in South Florida Access to Data Citizen Engagement Transportation Health & Human Services   Find out more, see who's attending, and sign up at: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/events/236655441/....

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Google is Putting its Massive Amount of Health and Disease Data to Use

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Google is Putting its Massive Amount of Health and Disease Data to Use

Consumers flock to Google to learn about health conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In recent years, the search engine has been looking for ways to put its growing volume of health data to use. Google's News Lab, which is designed to help journalists and researchers use Google tools for storytelling and understanding data, introduced a new tool this week specifically focused on health care and disease. On the website—Searching for Health—the lab developed a series of visualizations to show how health-related internet searches map to the actual spread of disease. For example, Google shows that in geographic areas where searches for cancer, heart disease, stroke and depression are high, so are actual occurrences of those diseases.  The data also shows trends over time. Google searches for obesity, for instance, have been steadily on the rise for the past decade. Whether Google's data can have a positive impact on public health and disease control is an open question. The site, a collaboration between Google, CCS Visualization Program Director Alberto Cairo, and research and design firm Schema Design, doesn't make any claims that it will. Read more at:  CNBC.com | written by Christina...

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